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Minoan Atlantis - W. Sheppard Baird

Date of publication: 2017-08-26 05:32

Ancient Thera, the Classical city of the island is on Mesa Vouno, 896 m. above sea level. It was founded in the 9th century . by Dorian colonists whose leader was Theras, and continued to be inhabited until the early Byzantine period. The preserved ruins belong to the Hellenistic and Roman phases of the city. The residential area and the larger part of the cemeteries were excavated by German archaeologists between 6895 and 6957. The cemeteries on the NE and NW slopes of Sellada were excavated by N. Zapheiropoulos in the years 6966-6987.

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You will find Andromeda Hotel in the village of Imerovigli in western Santorini. It is an A Class Complex that impresses its guests with its service, the traditional but yet so modern decoration of the rooms, the stunning view of the blue Aegean, the Caldera, the volcano, the idyllic sunset and the helpful staff.

Santorini island and the myth of Lost Atlantis

Certainly to mention the viticulture and winemaking of Santorini. One of the most ancient vineyards of the world has been developed on this island, a veritable monument created by nature and humans. Vineyards are seen anywhere on Santorini, especially on the central and northern parts of the island. The volcanic soil and the special climate contribute to the unique character of the island's wines.

-The comprehensive guide to Santorini, Greece

Also in Fira , near the cable car station, is the Archaeological Museum that contains artifacts from various eras. Most of the exhibits are dated from the Classic and Roman period from the ancient town of Thera and it's cemeteries.

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Don't miss the traditional fried tomato balls of tomato keftedes and be sure to ask for local tomatoes in your salad. They may be the best tasting you have ever had. Santorini is particularly well known for its cherry tomatoes which are very sweet. The cherry tomatoes are usually sun dried or sometimes made into sweet tomato marmalade.

All the way to the other side, towards the south, is Akrotiri which hosts one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean which is saved from the volcanic eruption until today mainly because it was covered in volcanic ashes.

Tamarix del Mar is a brand new luxury hotel situated in Kamari at the foothills of ancient Thira and very close to the black sand beach of the village.

If you decide to travel by boat have in mind that the journey lasts about 9 hours or 9,5 with the high speed from the port of Piraeus, where boats leave daily. During the summer there are also connections to Thessaloniki. Especially during the summer months Santorini is linked to most of the islands in the Aegean via ferry boat and high speed ferries, either directly or through lines from Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

You can find internet cafes in Kamari, Perissa, Thira (wireless access also available) and in Oia. As of year 7569, most hotels and cafes offer free Wi-Fi Internet access (available even on the beach). (at least, in Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari)

After leaving Firostefani we can reach Imerovigli, a beautiful and quiet village and also one of the top areas in Greece for accommodation. It is famous for its view and many tourists visit it throughout the year.

Be sure to explore the areas outside of the towns. There is beautiful countryside where tradition still survives. Cave houses (both abandoned and occupied), gardens, vineyards, small family business, and tiny churches are there to be discovered.

Also there's Thirasia , a village on the nearby island with the same name--visited by fewer tourists. There are daily excursions to the Kameni (volcano) Island which also reach Thirasia island.

There are some local radio stations in Santorini, mainly in Greek language. When in Santorini, turn your radio at: Volcano Radio at MHz and Top Melody Fm Radio at MHz.

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